MONAGHAN MASTER ST MARY’S STUDENTS AND MUST BEAT FERMANAGH

17 January 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan got a first win of 2014 in comfortable fashion in Clones last Sunday, when St. Mary’s University proved no match for the Ulster champions. Monaghan racked up 1-16 (1-14 from play) to get off the mark in the Power NI Dr. McKenna Cup Section B.

Just three of the starting team from the Ulster final were on from the throw-in of this one, but it was nonetheless a mature performance from a youthful Monaghan line-up that showed seven changes from the previous weekend’s loss to Derry.

St. Mary’s had beaten Fermanagh on the Wednesday night before coming to Clones, but the short turnaround didn’t help their chances and they were never really in contention, as Monaghan led from start to finish. Monaghan kicked four unanswered points in the opening ten minutes and although they then went 11 minutes without scoring, a strong finish to the first half opened up a six-point lead. St. Mary’s went 34 minutes without scoring from play in the second half, in stark contrast with Monaghan’s 1-7 tally, all from play.

The score that put the game firmly beyond the reach of the student teachers came in the 50th minute and it was one to savour, as Jack McCarron got a hand to a high delivery from Pádraic Keenan, before turning and catching the loose ball sweetly on the half-volley for his first senior inter-county goal.

The game petered out a bit in the last 15 minutes, with scores few and far between as Monaghan coasted home.

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